The Good, The Bad, and The Funny of the 2015 GRAMMYs
By Sade A. Spence
Last night, I attended the official Grammys Viewing Party held at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in NYC courtesy of the Recording Academy. Thanks for the invite guys. But on to the deets of the night stirring performances, gram snubs, and not-so subliminal messages.
Major Hitmakers Bring Social Activism To The Stage
With all of the hooplah around awards season and Valentine's Day it seems that many forget this month celebrates Black History, but Pharrell, Beyonce, Common, John Legend, and The Weeknd made sure to slip us a not-so subtle reminder during the Grammys.
Pharrell performed a hauntingly dark version of "Happy" with opened-up by The Weeknd to take a stand for black lives. He along with his dancers snuck in a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture into their choreography.
Beyonce took us to church with a beautiful rendition of "Precious Lord Take My Hand" - opening for Common and John Legend who performed "Glory." Bey and the boys' captivating performances were all a tribute to the major motion picture based on Martin Luther King, Jr. called Selma. Quuen Bey was near tears while singing. Her fellow all-male choir also included the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture into their choreography.
Beyonce said this performance was "an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men" in a behind-the-scenes video she's posted to her site. Watch it here >>
Katy Perry Sings About Domestic Violence At The Grammys
Our doll-faced angel Katy Perry also used her craft to take a stand against domestic violence. Joined on stage by a survivor Perry performed "By The Grace Of God" in an angelic white dress amidst the shadows of interpretive dancers projected onto a screen.
Rihanna, Kanye, & Paul Make The Cutest Musical Trio EVER!
And then Rihanna's facial expressions during her performance with Kanye, and Paul McCartney owned the night while performing their new hit "FourFiveSeconds." RiRi really looked to be feeling the music as she sang "And we got three more days 'til Friday, I'm tryna make it back home by Monday morning." However, the true highlight, was seeing these three superstars make history and hug it out at the end!
SNUBs! (A bit of a rant...)
Sam Smith, is a great and talented artist, he snagged four Grammys though?! Can we share the Grammy love (get ready for my Grammy-popularity-contest rant)?!
The Grammys seems ot be moving in the direction of a musical popularity contest -- with the breakthrough it boy or girl of the year snagging numerous awards, while some one who is just as talented or possibly even more, mabes gets a nom or two... or even worse gets a text message from the winner about how the Grammy truly belongs to them.
Anyway, Sia was snubbed. She is a creative thinker who pushes true artistry through lyrics, vocals, and presentation as we have seen through her music videos for "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart." Her dynamic performance at the Grammys included a surprising number by Kristen Wiig (who is quite the dancer0 alongside the Chandelier, dance-moms starlet Maddie Ziegler. She deserves a Grammy. Nuff said.
I am happy to report that Kendrick Lamar took home two Grammys for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "i." Yay!
(Back to rant) On the other hand, we do have that one moment where an underdog triumphs. Dare I say this year was Beck?! Leaving with two Grammys in tow for Best Rock Album and Album Of The Year for "Morning Phase" -- beating out Beyonce's Beyonce.
Jay-Z fears impending doom as Kanye rushes stage during Beck's Artist Of The Year Acceptance Speech
An awards show just wouldn't be proper without Kanye doing something oh-so Kanye. The rapper stormed the stage with a smile on his face when Beck was announced as winner of Album Of The Year. I'm pretty sure America laughed, as did I, thinking Kanye was just being Kanye. The look on Jay-Z and Beyonce's face though!!! Priceless.
Kanye however didn't let it end there. While talking to E! News he said "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyonce." Beck's response was all love, saying he thought Beyonce was going to win album of the year.
Ye has since claimed he did not discredit Beck as an artist and was rather saying the Grammys needs to check itself when asked by TMZ. "No I wasn't saying Beck, I said the Grammy's, Beck knows that Beyonce should have won. I love Beck... he didn't have album of the year." Goodness gracious Kanye!